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How has COVID affected public trust in expertise?

The cascading crises initiated by COVID-19 have placed new and enormous pressures on decision-makers. The underlying science is quickly evolving, often contested, and not easily translated into policy recommendations. Moreover, we do not always agree on the appropriate roles for scientists, political leaders, and public servants. The panelists will discuss the successes and failures of COVID governance and what they mean for trust in expertise and public sector decision-making over the longer term.

Monica Gatinger

Welcome remarks and moderator

Prof. Monica Gatinger

Director, ISSP and Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, uOttawa

Josephine Etowa


Prof. Josephine Etowa

Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Full Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, uOttawa

Patrick Fafard


Prof. Patrick Fafard

Core member of the ISSP and Full Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, uOttawa 

Maxime Lê


Maxime Lê

Public Health Project Officer, Ottawa Public Health and Principal, Lê & Co. Consultants